"Gamers are a fickle and impatient bunch. After spending our childhoods at the altar of a twitchy, flashy, interactive dream box, we tend to act a bit ADD. We borrow before we buy, we criticize more than praise and we discard anything that fails to blow our desensitized minds within the first few minutes.
The best games, however, can cut through this clutter right from the start. They dazzle us with cinematic spectacle or immerse us with unexpected realism. They overwhelm our eyes and ears with technological power or capture our minds with extraordinary storytelling. Within those first few minutes of play, they demand our attention.
And also? They don't need outsourced, multi-million dollar CGI to do the job. Our top seven selections might include a cool cutscene or two at the beginning, but that's not why we chose them."